I blame TV -- specifically, Cafe Racer TV -- I've been able to watch all of Season 4 due to a online download program. I was inspired to build another bike. Not sure if it will be a streetbike, or a trackbike, but it will be minimalist, and cafe-inspired.
The basis will be my old Muz frame -- not the lightweight tigcraft one, but the actual MZ streetbike frame with a vin I got years ago. I was going to put a DRZ engine into it, but stopped the project when racing became a priority. I also had a RGV125 swingarm set up to work with a 17mm swingarm pivot, and roller bearings from again, a DRZ400.
My vision had spoked wheels, no fairing (either a numberplate, a headlight, or both), and a simple aircooled single cylinder engine -- a xt or tt 600. One finally came up on ebay for a good price -- $300. It's an 83, but like most of these engines, little has changed over the years. The tank is always a problem, but I'd heard someone built one with a mito or 916 tank. Google pics came up with this:
The seat subframe is not stock, but it does mount to the stock locations on the frame. This has the liquid cooled version of the engine, so mine will be missing a radiator on the front (hooray!). Oil tank I think is custom, and under the seat. Both the liquid and air-cooled engines are dry sump.
Taking some pictures of complete Muz bikes, and figuring out how the RG swingarm would fit, I sketched out the following:
With that in mind, in an orgy of fortuitous ebay shopping, I ticked a bunch of things off the list:
So, a lot to do, but it should be challenging and fun. Frame and swingarm is at the sandblasters right now, as some welding will no doubt be needed, and it is best to work with a bare frame to start.